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February 4, 2011 > Air District awards $5M for shore power projects

Air District awards $5M for shore power projects

Submitted By Jennifer Jones

The Board of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, the regional agency chartered with protecting air quality in the Bay Area, approved the allocation of $5M, on February 1, 2011, to fund three projects to reduce vessel emissions at the Port of Oakland by providing shore-side electric power as part of the Air District's Spare the Air initiatives.

Switching to shore power entails turning off a ship's diesel generators while at berth and connecting to cleaner electric power from the grid. This enables ocean-going vessels to maintain power in port and eliminate exhaust emissions.

Installation of shore-side power technology will occur at three berths at the Port of Oakland and will reduce an estimated 33 tons of ozone-forming pollutants and particulate matter from Bay Area skies per year. The three terminals are among the busiest at the port and receive more than 500 vessel visits each year.

The Air District's Mobile Source Incentive Fund is the funding source, which collects a $2 registration surcharge fee on vehicles registered with the Department of Motor Vehicles in the District's jurisdiction.

An additional $20M in funding is now available for shore power and cargo handling equipment projects through the Air District's Goods Movement Program.

Applications are available www.baaqmd.gov/goods. Applications are due by March 15 and will be reviewed, evaluated and ranked by Air District staff.

Grant funding is available for projects that have greater emission reductions than those required by State regulations, mandating the use of shore power at California Ports which will take effect in 2014.

For more information, visit www.baaqmd.gov.

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